Here’s what we found for the week of October 31, 2010…
November Gambling Podcast – All About Slots with Michael “The Wizard of Odds” Shackleford – A video podcast hosted on Youtube! The American Casino Guide has a monthly podcast hosted by the book’s author, Steve Bourie, who talks about topics of interest to travelers who like to visit casinos and during the course of each show he interviews a special guest from the world of casino travel or gambling.
For the November podcast Steve interviews Michael Shackleford, also known as the “Wizard of Odds.” They talk about how slot machines work and how to win on them. To visit the podcast page, go to: www.americancasinoguide.com/podcasts.shtml
On that page you can also access past interviews with noted gaming authorities, including: Mike Aponte, Max Rubin, Bob Dancer, Stanford Wong, Arnold Snyder, John Grochowski, Henry Tamburin, John Robison, The Wizard of Odds, Bill Burton, Jeffrey Compton, Anthony Curtis and others.
Golden Gate: TV Tuesdays in November. Win an HDTV every Tuesday in November. Drawings held every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm. Earn drawing entries beginning Monday at 9 am for that week’s drawing. ust be present to win. See Club 1906 for complete rules and details.
Jerry’s Nugget: On Fridays and Saturdays in November, guests can earn 799 points to play “Gift Giving” at any kiosk. Five presents will be on display with the guests choosing a gift. Their selection will reveal prizes ranging from $10 to $25 Jerry’s Nugget gift cards, $50 gift cards to Target, plus merchandise such as Snuggies, beer mugs, coffee makers and even iPod Shuffles. The 799 point qualifier can be earned by playing on slots, video poker and video keno from 4 am to 11:55 pm with a MoreClub card inserted properly into the machine.
Club Fortune Casino (Henderson): Celebrates its 11th anniversary on Tuesday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A winner will be chosen every 11 minutes on the hour, receiving $111. Guests can earn 11 times points all day and win a share of the Anniversary Cash Bash. The first 1,111 player’s club members at the casino that day will receive a FREE t-shirt.
Orleans: Orleans Casino Turkey Shoot Drawings every Saturday in November. Drawings at 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm November 6, 13, 20, 27. Five (5) winners per drawing, ten (10) winners each Saturday. Earn entries by playing slots or table games. Top prize of $10,000 in each drawing with 40 total guaranteed winners for the month.
Harrah’s Laughlin: Honoring the men and women who have served in the United States military with a FREE buffet at the Fresh Market Square Buffet on Veterans Day, Thurs., Nov. 11. Guests must present a valid military or veteran’s identification or dog tag along with their Total Rewards card at the Total Rewards center to receive a coupon for a free brunch or dinner buffet. The special Veterans Day brunch buffet offering will be served from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. for $13.99 plus tax a person. The regular dinner buffet will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $14.99 plus tax a person. Guest must be 21 years or older to redeem the FREE buffet coupon for the Veterans Day special offering.
Las Vegas Hilton: “The Great Gift Grab” November 1-30. Grab for your chance to win a variety of prizes including wine, candles, jewelry boxes, travel clocks, Goddard coasters, photo trays and more. Grab a gift from the drawing drum with every $10 in Reward Dollars earned. Visit the Player’s Club for details. A maximum of 5 “grabs” can be earned during promotional period.
Sierra Gold and PT’s Taverns: $10,000 Flip Ultra HD Giveaway. Giving away 60 Flip Ultra HD camcorders during the month of November, 2 per day. Play your favorite slots at any PT’s & Sierra Gold and earn one entry for every 10 points earned. Earn entries every 24-hour period between 10 p.m. and 9:59 p.m. daily, and at 10 p.m. Two random winners will be chosen daily.
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur: On November 11, Veterans Day, car flags will be given out to guest’s for FREE to those who eat at Sourdough Café and/or the Buffet.
Halloween Specials for October 31, 2010…
Ellis Island: Halloween Costume Contest Sunday, October 31. Traditional Halloween Karaoke Contest from 9 pm to 3 am. Win $50 for best costume in three categories: Scariest, Most Original & Funniest. Win $250 in FREE Play – Sunday, October 31. Earn 1,000 points on Saturday, October 31st and receive a ticket for the drawing at 8 pm. Wear your costume (no masks) and receive an extra drawing ticket. Must be present to win. Details at promotions booth.
Jerry’s Nugget: FREE Halloween Desserts. On Sunday, October 31, Jerry’s will be passing out complimentary Halloween cupcakes and beaded necklaces from 4 pm to 8 pm at the casino floor.
Sam’s Town: Halloween party, Sunday, October 31, from 8 pm until midnight featuring “Crossfire”, one of Las Vegas’ hottest and hardest hitting rock bands. The night’s events include a Halloween Costume Contest with prizes to include a $300 Grand prize. Masks and painted faces are not allowed. $10 admission or $5 for B-Connected Members (when purchased in person at a Coast Casino only).
Luck, Royals, Good Food and Jackpots to all….. Regards, H. Scot Krause
Author not responsible for omissions, changes and/or errors.
Ongoing October/November Promotions
Vegas Values Updates: The American Casino Guide web site has a discussion board where you can read about any updates to each week’s Vegas Values report. You can also post any questions or comments you have about any casino promotions. Go to http://forum.americancasinoguide.com/
El Cortez: Cash is King October and November. The El Cortez will host its final Cash is King Drawing of 2010 in December. Club Cortez members will receive one entry ticket to the final drawing for every 5,000 points they earn in October and November. See Club Cortez for additional information.
Silverton: $1 million Kerplinko drawings thru October. Discovery Card Club players can earn ticket-less entries by playing their favorite slot, video poker, live keno and table games. Players will be awarded one entry for every 50 base points earned and must check-in to the drawing between 2 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. on each drawing day. New player signups will be awarded 25 entries for signing up at the Discovery Card Club desk. Twenty winners will be randomly selected from the eligible entries. Winners must be present. Drawings days and times are posted at the promotion booth.
South Point: The $200,000 Great Turkey Hunt. Two drawings will be held every Tuesday starting November 9 thru November 30 at 4 pm and 8 pm in the Showroom. Slot Club members will receive 2 virtual tickets every day, starting November 1, just for swiping their Club Card at a kiosk. In addition, 1 virtual ticket will be given away each hour to slot club members who are actively playing with their club card properly inserted into the machine. Slot Club members will also receive 1 ticket for every Bingo session purchased. Each drawing will have 15 winners, each winning from $1,000-$5,000.
Primm Valley Casino Resorts (Primm, NV): Text “ONE MIL” to 30364. Every text wins from $5 to $1 Million. For new members only.
Eldorado Casino (Henderson): Thru November: “Saturdays Play on Us Cash & Bonus Cash Giveaway.” Win $500 in Free Play. Drawings at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Earn tickets thru slot play. Also: FREE Slot Tournament every Saturday from Noon-4 pm. See Prime Rewards for more details on all promotions.
Harrah’s (Las Vegas Properties): Launched an innovative new way for guests to experience more of the best of Las Vegas’ diverse selection of shows with the All Stage Pass . This new program allows guests to purchase a pass for a one-time fee and see as many shows as they like in a 48-hour period. Participating in the program are entertainment offerings at Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, O’Sheas, Paris and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino offering the following roster of shows participating in All Stage Pass:
Jubilee! (7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.)
Human Nature (7:30 p.m.)
Rita Rudner (8:30 p.m.)
Matt Goss (10:00 p.m.)
Mac King (1:00 & 3:00 p.m.)
The Improv (8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.)
Legends in Concert (7:30 & 10:00 p.m.)
Chippendales (8:00 p.m.)
Divas Las Vegas (10:00 p.m.)
Nathan Burton (4:00 p.m.)
Matsuri (4:00 p.m.)
Anthony Cools (9:00 p.m.)
George Wallace (10:00 p.m.)
X Burlesque (10:00 p.m.)
Vinnie Favorito (8:00 p.m.)
The Price is Right (2:30 & 7:30 p.m.)
Dirk Arthur (7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.)
The All Stage Pass allows guests to see as many of the 17 shows offered within 48 hours of purchase and is priced at $99 (plus tax and fees) for Harrah’s Total Rewards members, $119 (plus tax and fees) for non-members. All Stage Pass holders receive preferred pricing of just $40 (plus tax) per ticket for premium shows including Cher, Donny & Marie, Barry Manilow and Penn & Teller. All Stage Pass can be purchased at the Planet Hollywood box office located on the casino floor across from the Heart Bar. After purchasing an All Stage Pass, guests simply visit the box office at the property of the show they would like to see and present their pass for one ticket. Tickets to shows are based on availability and can be picked up no more than two hours in advance of show time. For more information on the All Stage Pass and current show dates and times, visit lventertainment.com
Terrible’s: Thru December, earn 7,500 base points in a week (Sun-Sat) and receive a $75 comp to McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (points are not deducted). Or redeem 20,000 points and receive a $75 comp to McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant.
Silverton: Pink Snuggie Giveaway. Players can earn a pink Snuggie each day in October by earning 500 points. Players are allowed to keep all points and have between 2 a.m. and 1:59 am each day to earn points. A maximum of one Snuggie per day can be won per guest. Snuggies can be claimed one day after earning points at the Player’s Club by midnight.
Plaza/Vegas Club: $15,000 Treasure Chest of Fortune every Thursday – Sunday in October. Win up to $1,000 cash, free slot play or other great prizes. Earn 1,000 points and receive a mystery envelope from the Vegas Club treasure chest.
Riviera: Crazy Girls Passion Pit debuts. Gorgeous dancers will perform three nights a week, in an intimate stage setting complete with lighting and sound, while you try your hand at live three card poker and blackjack table games. The Crazy Girls Passion Pit tables will have a very unique table layout so you won’t miss a bit of the action, either in the pit or on the table. (Ongoing until further notice.)
Binion’s Gambling Hall: Extended thru October: Mother Lode swipe and win promotion. Club Binion’s members earn points by playing slots or video poker and receive up to three swipes every single day on the Mother Lode. Every swipe is a winner and Binion’s is giving away tons of prizes including free slot play, free drinks, free food and cash. Cash prizes start at $50 for the first swipe, $100 for the second swipe, and the Mother Lode $2500 with the third. Club Binion’s members earn their first swipe after just five points, get a second swipe at 40 points and the third swipe comes at 500 points. And not only will players receive their Mother Lode prizes, they will be earning cash back and comps simultaneously. For every $5 in coin-in on slots and for every $8 on video poker, players earn one point. The promotion resets daily, so players can come back day after day for their three swipes, and the chance at $2500.
Gold Coast: Receive a 100 coin bonus on the video poker “Card of the Day” at the Redzone Sports Bar. (Ongoing until further notice.)
Luxor: Throughout the entire month of October, BODIES… The Exhibition offers pink-clad Nevada residents a buy-one-get-one FREE promotional price in an effort to educate and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether it’s a pink shirt, pink tie or a pair of pink socks, the Exhibition wants to share what’s inside the miraculous body in hopes that guests walk away feeling empowered and motivated to create positive lifestyle changes that may save their life. To receive the buy-one-get-one offer, guests must wear an outwardly visible piece of pink clothing and show their Nevada ID at the box office. Regularly priced tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and $24 for children 4 – 12 years of age. The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last admission at 9 p.m. It is recommended that children 12 and under are accompanied by a teacher or parent as an adult guide. For additional information or to reserve tickets by phone, call 800-557-7428 or 702-262-4400.
El Cortez: Throughout October, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive FREE El Cortez logo jacket. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing. See Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.
M Resort: October: Comp Buffet Promotion –Earn points for FREE buffets. Must earn points the same day the comp buffet is used prior to 8 pm to qualify. Offer does not include a line pass. Limit one meal per iMagine Rewards members per meal period. Offer not valid on holidays.
—Lunch (Monday – Friday)
300 points on Reel Slots
850 points on Video Poker
—Dinner (Monday – Thursday)
450 points on Reel Slots
1300 points on Video Poker
—Seafood Buffet (Friday – Sunday)
600 points on Reel Slots1700 points on Video Poker
Riviera: FREE Slot Tournaments, October 26 and 28. First entry is FREE to all Club Riviera Members. Times: 10:00 am, noon and 2:00 pm. Prizes: 1st place. $500 in Free Slot Play; 2nd place $250 Free Slot Play; 3rd place $150 Free Slot Play; 4th place $100 Free Slot Play; 5th place $50 Free Slot Play. See The Player’s Club for details.
Silver Nugget: Throughout October: Earn an extra $1,000. $1 Royals pay $5,000 with Rewards Card inserted on any machine.
Sam’s Town, Suncoast, The Orleans and Gold Coast: “Pumpkin Patch Pick” is back. Through October 30, B Connected card members can earn entries into Saturday drawings at each of the four properties, with a total of 200 players each getting a shot at up to $10,000. In the Pumpkin Patch Pick game, contestants punch out one of 36 spots on a board, each containing a cash prize ranging from $250 to $10,000. As an additional level of excitement, some cards offer winners an additional punch. Slot and video poker players earn one entry at a property for every 50 base points earned at that property, while table game players will receive an entry for every $5 wagered. Each Saturday in October five entries will be drawn twice a day at each of the four Coast properties, with winners being invited to play the Pumpkin Patch Pick game. Players must be present to win, and drawing times vary by property. Complete contest details and rules are available at the B Connected booth at the four participating properties.
Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: Held over: The following payouts are now doubled for the month of October: Paying “Instant Cash Bonuses” to players hitting 4-of-a -kinds and $50 and higher slot and keno jackpots. Guests will be paid cash immediately at their machine. No club membership is required but Bigshot Club members will also receive their normal points. Hit 4-of-a-kind 5’s thru 10’s and receive a cash bonus as follows: .05, .10, and .20 cent players with a 10 coin minimum bet will receive $2.00 cash. .25 and .50 cent players with a 5 coin minimum bet will receive $5.00 cash. $1.00 players with a 5 coin minimum bet will receive $10 cash. Hit any single payout of $50 or more on your favorite slot or keno machine and receive a $5.00 cash bonus. Hit a blackjack in diamonds with a $5.00 minimum bet and receive a $5.00 cash bonus.
Suncoast: Suncoast Hit Parade resumes at the Suncoast Showroom every Thursday, at 2 p.m. The popular weekly matinee event is a 75-minute live entertainment variety show. Tickets are FREE for B Connected Club members. B Connected membership is free. Must be 21 or older. Further information is available by visiting suncoastcasino.com
Palazzo: Laguna is a full-service champagne and cocktail bar perfect for meeting and mingling. For $20, guests can enjoy “Bottomless Bubbly” every night from 8 pm to midnight. (Ongoing until further notice.)
Binion’s Gambling Hall: New Mother Lode swipe and win promotion. Club Binion’s members earn points by playing slots or video poker and receive up to three swipes every single day on the Mother Lode. Every swipe is a winner and Binion’s is giving away tons of prizes including free slot play, free drinks, free food and cash. Cash prizes start at $50 for the first swipe, $100 for the second swipe, and the Mother Lode $2,500 with the third. Club Binion’s members earn their first swipe after just five points, get a second swipe at 40 points and the third swipe comes at 500 points. And not only will players receive their Mother Lode prizes, they will be earning cash back and comps simultaneously. For every $5 in coin-in on slots and for every $8 on video poker, players earn one point. The promotion resets daily, so players can come back day after day for their three swipes, and the chance at $2,500.
M Resort: Special offer for Vegas Values readers: $5.00 off “Martini Time” with Tina Martini. Check out the only live cooking show in Vegas with new shows every week. Learn healthy hints and pro tips and enjoy sampling dishes. Regularly priced $39.95 now just $34.95 for Vegas Values readers. Ticket price includes dining in the award-winning Studio B Buffet after the show. Live shows Thursday-Sunday noon and 4 pm. Book online at Ticketmaster.com with offer code “martini.” Offer expires 10/31/10. Offer based on availability. Management reserves all rights.
Rio: The final table of the World Series of Poker, the “November Nine,” has been decided. You could win a trip to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas to take part in the action. Try WSOP.com’s downloadable “play for fun” software and you could win and be part of the “Online November Nine.” To learn more look for the “Free Download” button and visit their web site.
Riviera: NEW! Queen Victoria’s British Pub is open 24 hours a day and hosts live bands, televises all European and British sports schedules, and offers special discounts to Queen Victoria’s Pub members. Attire is casual and the pub offers traditional British breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee and drink specialties daily. Club Riviera Members receive up to a 30% discount by showing their players card.
Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon: Bill’s Comp Explosion Giveaway through December 31. 6 chances to win $100 Comp Dollars daily. Your name could be one of the six drawn each day to win $100 comp dollars to use at select locations at eight Las Vegas Harrah’s resorts. See rules at the club booth or visit: http://www.billslasvegas.com/casino/comp-explosion/comp-explosion-rules/
Bighorn/Longhorn Casinos: “Cash is King” drawings. On Mondays and Thursdays drawings will be held for: $300 at 7:00 PM, $200 at 8:00 PM. $200 at 9:00 PM and $300 at 10:00 PM. On Saturdays the drawings are: $750 at 7:00 and 10 PM and $500 at 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Draw until winners. Guaranteed prizes. 4 drawings/4 winners each night.
Las Vegas Hilton: Visit Fortuna, the coffee & wine shop located in the main lobby, and sample the flavors of a selection of four boutique wines to please your palate FREE daily from 4 to 9 pm. (Ongoing until further notice.)
How To Win on Slots Video – American Casino Guide author, Steve Bourie, has created a 10-minute video in which he explains how slots work and how to win on them. He also answers nine common questions that slots players have, such as: Do casinos put the “loosest” slots near the entrances?; If I play a machine and it’s been losing for awhile, does that mean it’s due to hit soon?; After I play a machine and leave I see that the next person who sits down wins the jackpot, would I have the won that jack pot if I had stayed at that machine? and more. Click this link to see the Slot machine video , or go to – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wkubf1PrWg
Atlantic City Blog – Want information on Atlantic City casino promotions? The American Casino Guide web site has an Atlantic City blog with information about promotions and events at all Atlantic City casinos. To visit the blog, go to: http://atlanticcity.americancasinoguide.com/
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder: Monday Night Mania continues through the NFL season with drink specials and prize giveaways during the Monday night games in the Palace Grand Lounge. Raffle entries are earned by purchasing any Budweiser product.
M Resort: Offering iMagine Rewards members a chance to win their share of more than $150,000 in cash prizes in their FREE football contest. The contest runs weekly thru January 2, 2011. Open to all iMagine Rewards members, the contest includes $9,000 in weekly cash prizes with $5,000 going to first place, $2,500 to second place and $1,500 to third place. iMagine Rewards club members can receive a FREE weekly entry as well as up to 10 additional entries daily by earning base slot points or rated table play. iMagine Rewards members earning 5,000 base slot points within the past 30 days of the date of their win will receive double prize winnings in FREE slot play. In addition to the FREE $150,000 contest, M Resort will celebrate football every Monday night throughout the season with drink specials in select casino bars on property. Specials include $1 select shots with every touchdown and $2 Miller and Coors draft pints. 32¢ª Draft Bar, which offers 96 of the coldest beers on tap, will be home to a live radio broadcast with KKLZ 96.3, the world-famous Miller Girls and prize giveaways. Visit the Race & Sports Book for contest details and registration.
Club Fortune Casino (Henderson): Features Monday Night Mayhem from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for football fans. Players club members receive FREE Budweiser and Bud Light draft beers for the first quarter of games. Club Fortune Casino has more than 550 slot machines, a brand new Poker Room, table games including blackjack, craps and mini-baccarat for guests to enjoy as well as a players club program. The Player Rewards Center business hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. The casino is located at 725 Racetrack Road in Henderson. For more information, call (702) 566-5555 or visit ClubFortuneCasino.com
Jerry’s Nugget Casino: Monday Night Football Parties. The Race and Sports Book will officially kick off the weekly Monday Night Football Party on September 13. Sports bettors making a minimum $10 bet on Monday’s football game or Night Racing will receive full access to the Party Zone at the Jerry’s Nugget Race and Sports Book. Guests will receive seating to watch the game throughout the Sports Book, meet and greet with football guru Harvey Hyde, plus receive a FREE drawing ticket to win an assortment of cash and prizes to be given away during the Big Game. Throughout the MNF parties, guests can chow down on delicious pizza slices and hot dogs all for $1 each. Budweiser beers will be $1 each for Party Zone guests. First quarter drawings consist of $25 cash and various prizes. At halftime, a $50 cash giveaway and more prizes will be given away, and finally $75 cash and even more prizes will be drawn after the Third Quarter. All winners must be present to win. Limit one cash prize and one gift item per guest.
Suncoast: FREE Monday Night Football Parties. First draft and hot dog are FREE. Prizes given away throughout the night.
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower: Brings back Pro Football Headquarters. Throughout the season, enjoy FREE admission, live Blackjack tables featuring beautiful entertainment dealers, and four live betting stations dedicated to football bettors. Savor Jalapeño Beer Brats with sautéed peppers and onions, BBQ Pulled Pork Ciabatta, Buffalo Chicken Wings and Build-Your-Own Baked Potato Bar—all only $2 each. Quench your thirst with $5 pitchers of Bud Light, delivered to your table by Cheerleader Cocktail Servers in the only showroom on the Strip to offer table seating. Plus FREE T-shirts will be given to the first 500 guests every Sunday while supplies last. Showroom doors open at 9 a.m. every Sunday beginning September 12. Pro Football HQ is in the Stratosphere Theater of the Stars showroom, located one level above the casino floor. Go up the escalator across from Roxy’s Diner.
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder: Second Chance Football Drawings. Each losing $20 parlay or $50 straight bet will receive an entry into the drawing. Drawing is last Friday of each month throughout the football season. Win up to $500 cash.
Boyd Gaming Properties: Registration has begun for the “Pick the Pros” football contest at all participating Boyd Gaming locations. Now in its 33rd year, Pick the Pros is the longest-running football contest in Las Vegas. The contest is FREE and a total of $500,000 will be awarded. Pick the Pros starts a new contest each week and there are no accumulated points to track, therefore guests can participate in one or all of the weeks in the season, with multiple opportunities to win $30,000 in prize money each week during the 2010 regular professional football season. Contest participants will not compete against the point spread, but instead pick winners straight-up. Each participant will receive multiple FREE entries per week to select their winning teams. Ruby cardholders receive three FREE entries, Sapphire cardholders receive four FOUR entries and Emerald cardholders receive five FREE entries. The best performer each week is guaranteed a $10,000 top prize; an additional $20,000 will be split by other top players each week. Players can register at any of the 60 kiosks at Boyd Gaming properties including; The Orleans, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, Gold Coast, California, Fremont, Eldorado, Jokers Wild. Pick the Pros is open to all B Connected and Prime Rewards card members and membership is free. The contest begins on Sunday, September 12, 2010 and will continue each week through January 2, 2011. For further information, visit pickthepros.com or any Boyd Gaming race and sports book.
Palms: $300,000 Pigskin Payoff Football Contest. Weekly contest throughout the season. $25 entry fee. Sign up at the Race & Sports Book.
See a list of ongoing Las Vegas casino promotions